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>> as man of the homeowners sign for for cleanup help from local governments. jenelle? >> cheryl, the large task of removing all this debris began at 8:00 this morning. you sea couple of the excavators behi me. they're sitting on properties crewsill be working on today. this heavy equipment will me from property to property day by day until all the ash, all the
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debris is gone. >> today this heavy equipment moves in. over the next month crew will move out with less of the san bruno neighborod. >> they realize this is someone's home and they will treat it with the just most respect. if somebody buried a pet, we want to know where that is so we keep the equient off that area. >> the explosion and fire two weeks ago today incinerated 33 homes. three other homes have been red-tagged. most of those homeowners have given crews the okay to start the cleanup. today they tackle three homes across from the blast site. the ente cleanup is expected to take three to four weeks. the cost? abou $2 million. water will be sprayed constantly to keep dust at a minimum. and air monitors will be used every day to check for toxic levels. >> at this point the air quality is very good.
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we are seeing nothing on the mortars, nothing on the samabling i was out here yesterday with the wind and there was no dust at all. >> crews will have a checklist for each property after each one is done. what you see now will basally be a dirt lot and property owners can start rebuilding their homesnd their lives. >> we have the memories of thos homes that were there. and how our neighborhood was before. and it'sot the same. and it will never be the same. >> we're not living in the houses yet. and evy time i drive up here i just get -- getting emotional now. it's just not gonna be the same. just not. even when they build. >> yeah. crews say 75% of the debris ca be recycled. that's because it's mostly concrete. the cars the burnt out cars can be recycled. the remaining 25% of the debris will be taken to a landfill solano coun. reporting live in san bruno, i'm jenelle wang, abc 7 news.
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>> thanks, jenelle. terry mcsweeney is live in san francisco where the public utilities commission has just voted to have pg pay for the explosion investigation terry? >> yeah. that came down in the past ha hour. they're also asking for a blue ribbon panel, independent investigator. take a look at pg&e to see if they need to change the way they're doing business. the entire meeting started off with a moment of silence, really put things in perspective and that was for jacqueline gre who died in the fire in san bruno two weeksks ago. she would have been 45 today. the commission is taking a look at the topic of finding out what caused the explion that led to that fire, what to do to prevent it from happening again. they want to restore confidence in pg&e's ability to deliver gas and still maintain a sense of urgency in the investigation. the puc telling them to pay for the investigation and pg&e saying they will comply. >> we were expecting this from
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the commission and we will comply fully with any funding that puc deems necessary for pg&e on this investigation. >> a for preventing such tragedies in the future, the puc is proposing that panel to find out what happened in san bruno. is that a one-time event or is the probl systec. maybe the utility couldave done more to prevent it. pg& spokesman could not tell how this investigation is going to be paid for, if it's gog to be through shareholders profits or a rate hike. that still has to be determed. david louie is inside now. we'll have much more fo you at 5:00 and 6:00. live in san francisco, terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news. >> thanks, terry. in orinda it took pg&e crews six hours to stop a natural gas leak. the pipe was cut by a construction crew late last night. it was the third lk reported in the last 24 hours. someone hit a gas main near camino pablo around 11:30 p.m..
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it wasapped about 5:30 this morning. more than two dozen homes were briefly evacuated as a precaution. no injuries were reported in millbrae, a gas main forced a section of el camino realo shut down justefore 6:00 last night. everythingas clear and the road reopened aout two hours later. the third leak happened yesterday at t cal state east bay campus in hayward on the first day of classes. a construction crew there hit a 2-inch gas line. no evacuations were ordered. >> castro valle check out this man's precario pech in a cherry picker. we have a picture here for you from sky 7 hd. it tooks police on hampton road, he was stuck there a little less than an hour. a firefighter secured him with a safety harness and the man climbed down on his own. >> oakland police are investigating a shoo-out that injure at least two people outside a nightclub. it happened around 2:00 this morning at a clu called caribbean city on webster street. bullets hit at least two cars as
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well bass a nearby building. the wholthing may have started as a fight or robbery outside the club and then escalad into a shooting. the two victims were taken to the hospital. it is still unclear how seriously they are injured. police say they ha no suspects. marin coun prosecutors have charged a 16-yeaold boy with manslaughter in a crash that killed a 15-year-old boy and injured four other the driver of the bmw was likely speedi when he lost control and hit a cattle truck in novato last friday. hit broadside in the crash. the 17-year-old boy has major injuries. two others passengers were not seriously hurt. >> alameda prosecutors spent thousands of dollars during the bart police shooting trial. the contra costa times reports the total bill for the district attorney's office tot $144,000. the trial for mehserle was moved to los angeles. prosetors spent $25,000 on airfare, $55,000 on lodging, and
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another $17,000 in othe hotel costs. mehserle was convict of involuary manslaughter in the shooting death of unarmed passenger oscar grant. >> a controversial diabes will stay on the market but the government puts tighter restrictions on it. the story coming up. >> but first the republicans offer a new pledge to american voters today. how they say they will ta that control of congress. >> and the woman that's freed from a tehran prison, a u.c. berkeley graduate, tells her story to oprah. what shee
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elections. >> in order to create jobs, we need to end the uncertainty for job creators and the spending spree in washington. refm congress itself. >> democats dismissed the gop plan as recycled ideas that would make the nation's problems even worse presint obama delivered a major speech of his own today addressing the u.n. general assembly. he urged world leaders to push past years of cynicism and pessimism and press towards middle east peace. the president's challenge weeks after he helped relaunch peace talks between the israes and the palestinians. >> if an agreement is not reached, palestinians wi never know the pridend dignity that comes with their own state. israelis willever know the certainty and serity that comes with sovereign and stable
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neighbs who are committed to coexist. >> on other topics, mr. obama called on iran to impre its intent on nuclear program. the goal of turning ove control to the afghan government beginning next july, and he expressed his support for u.n. efforts to protect the rights of women. he ued all nationso act agains oppression. cheryl? >> eric, oprah winfrey has a special guest today, sarah shourd. the graduate was freed from an iranian prison nine days ago. shored, her fiancee and josh fattal were arreste hiking near iraq and iran. she was released for health and humanitarian reass but the other two remained in prison. >> whyere you hiking there? >> that's the big question. people are n informed about northern iraq. there's tons of tourist
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information online. many people from all over the world travel there. >> so there's no fighting there? >> there's no fighting there. there's wonderful museums and amazing food. most importantly it's a very unique culture, british culture in the region. >> you can see oprah's full interview with sarah shourd today at 4:00 here on abc 7. mike nicc ahead with the forecast. >> pretty brit and a lot calmer than yesterday. starting to feel the effects of that warming trend. look at the port of oakland. how much warmer it's going to be this weeke and hit some triple digits this weekend. i'll show you where. >> all ht, mike. thank you. a recall was issued after a troubling discovery was made inside millis of cans of baby formula. and was it a coverup? what (speaking in international nguage) and he said unto them go ye into all of the world
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and preach the gospel preach the gospel ♪ every creature in the world. (applause) (applause) our state has huge deficit. meg whitman's plan will ma it billions worse by eliminating the capital gains tax for wealthy investors, including herself. economis say her plan will "rip a hole in the budget" and is "deeply flawed". analysts for the l.a. tis say whitman's plan is a "pure handout" to the rich creating a "huge risk" to schools d public safety. jerry brown'against this unfair giveaway because it will take billionfrom our children when we can least
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♪ there is a huge baby formula recall to report this morning. millio of cers of similac -- that's the best selling formula in the u.s. -- may be contaminated with bugs or bug parts. the recall does not affect any
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liquid formulas. the food and drug ad says there's no immediate health risk to babies. abbott labs have set up a web link where you can center a lot number to see if it's involved in the recall and you can find that link on our website at click on "see it on tv." abbott says it wil provide a full refund for any affected cans. >> health regulators in europe have banned the diabetes drug avantia. here in the u. doctors can still prescribe it but stricter guidelines. it has been linked to an increased risk of het attack. the fda says new patients can use it only if they are unable to control their blood sugar with other medications. glasgow smith klein is the maker of that drug. >> did i hear someone say maybe triple digits for about a week now? >> summer's now here! >> a warming trend. eric, you have to spend some extra money to ke the house
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cool. i'll be with you there and so will a lot of people or heading to the coasto maybe jump in that 50 dege water. (laughter) >> let's take a look outsi, show you what's going on. the water temperature about 56, 58 degrees in some areas. beautifulicture from south beach. looking back. you can see sutro tower, twin peak. hardly a cloud to be found in our sky. even as we look. that beautiful picture of ballmer peak looking back towards mount tamalpais. our air quality is going to be good wildfire with the hottest weather hitting this weekend, hopefuy we will get away with this heat wave, get away without having to deal with any type of poltion problems. temperatures still i the 50s in the hills around los gatos. 59. but low to mid-60s most neighborhoo. upper 60s in concord, fairfield and antioch. around the montey bay with 55 monterey thanks to tha northwesterly wind. mid-60s santa cruz and the first
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day of fall and the warming trend begi under mostly sunny skies. the key to this forecast compared to something that would happen august, july or june. the nighttime because it's longer should become fairly comfortable. those why we don't have heat advisors out now. warmer temperatures saturday, sunday, monday, probably tuesday. santa rosa 6, oakland, concord and san jose 8 degrees. anyti you calm the wind in san francisco, you know you get a big temperature jump. about 12 degrees to 74. we have a cold front to our north. it'srying to push a few high clouds into our neighborhoods. for e most part it is going to be sunny today with temperares in the upr 70s to low 80s down in the south bay with san jose right in the middle with 80. on the peninsula mid to upper 70s. not as breezy as yesterday at the coast. temperatures upper 60s to near 70 sunset and daly city.
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mid-7s downtown and south san francisco. low 80s the north bay valleys. your beaches in the upper 60s today with sunshine. east bay shore mid to upper 70s most neighborhoods. richmond about 72 degree east bay valleys low to mid-80s with concd, walnut creek 82. same morgan hill, gilroy, hollist. watsonville, mid to upr 60s monterey an caramel. warm weaer to the central valley, mid-s there. 94 yo, 93 palm springs. here's what i mean by comfortable conditions tonight. open the winws if you dare and low to mid-50s with nor bay valley at thecoast. seven-day forecast, we're about 48 degrees warmer tomorrow and tomrow all the way through next wednesday we'll be above 90 inland. low to mid-80s aund the bay and low to mid-70s at the coast. should pak on monday. that's when we're going to hit the triple digits inld, near 90 around the bay. may see 80s at the coast. >> all those people waiting for
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summer finally here. >> it's here. >> thank you, mike. >> be prepared to come up with a little extra cash for your next coffee drink at starbucks. it has been absorbing the rising cost of coffee beans but now will pss it on to consumers. the large drinks will be most affected but won't say exactly which ones. backs of coffee bes are also likely to go up in price. but basic drinks like a tall coffee is likely to rein much the same >> a major steering error that caused the titanic to sink. a granddaughter of the senior office said that's what happened. her grandfather was second officer. he told his wife the steering officer panicked and inadvertently eered into an iceberg in april in 1912 because it s not used to the new steering system. more than 1500 people died. patent says her grandfather fe admitting the error would have triggered lawsui.
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>> i'm the only living person who knows why titanic sank. it was a terrible mistake. >> she said the ship sank so fast becausehe owner urged the captain to continue moving instead of cutting the engines. it coincides with the release of her new novel about the titanic. >> enjoy oktoberfest. >> what's hot is coming up next.
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fame saturday night at the double tree in berkeley. don sanchez, abc 7 unanimous. >> haven't seen one of those in -- >> i know! >>
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